Third Tues dinner and topical discussion

The topic for this month, led by Bruce Fowler is to watch and discuss the video "Here Be Dragons," which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=752V173e31o on YouTube.


Following is the description from YouTube: 

"Here Be Dragons is a free 40 minute video introduction to critical thinking. It is suitable for general audiences and is licensed for free distribution and public display.

Most people fully accept paranormal and pseudoscientific claims without critique as they are promoted by the mass media. Here Be Dragons offers a toolbox for recognizing and understanding the dangers of pseudoscience, and appreciation for the reality-based benefits offered by real science.

Here Be Dragons is written and presented by Brian Dunning, host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast and author of the Skeptoid book series."

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  • richard L.

    Caroline: definitely preferred the topic meeting. I wish I could have heard it better and been able to concentrate upon it without the distraction of the irrelevant conversation that was occurring nearer to me.

    April 17, 2013

  • stan l.

    always fun to be with other crazy people.

    April 17, 2013

  • Arthur B.

    It was a subject on which there's some variety of views; even if I had significant disagreements on several points, a bit of diversity seems a good thing.

    April 17, 2013

  • Bonnie B. M.

    well, I watched that video.....sigh. My very personal opinion is that BrianDunning is doing just what he accuses others of doing. And he even wore the white medical coat more than once. Sorry. I am a skeptic about many things. Often Big Pharma and Big Medicine come within my site. I do not trust either. But I really WANT to keep an open mind about all sides, so I will listen and learn.

    April 15, 2013

    • Caroline

      Bonnie, the point of the video was not so much, "I think this is bunk, so you should too" as it was, "How do I tell a bogus claim from a valid one?" So, for example, one of the labels he threw up was "All natural" followed by "Organic." That doesn't mean that we should not try to eat healthy natural foods, but it does mean that if someone makes the claim that their product is "all natural", we need to dig a little deeper to find out what they mean by it, and whether it is actually better for us and/or worth the price. The heart of skepticism is to try not to accept things at face value.

      April 17, 2013

  • richard L.

    mixed. The primary conversation was enthralling, but the secondary conversation was disconcerting. Hopefully, this was a very freak occurrence. If not, it is not worth my time to return.

    April 17, 2013

    • Caroline

      I think the topic served its purpose in getting a good and meaty discussion going. There are ways to keep the discussion more orderly; however, I'm not sure that more orderly would be more enjoyable. I think the first change I would make would be to see if we could get a better table setup that would allow people to be able to see/hear people at the other end more easily.

      Richard, I'm sorry you were frustrated by side conversations, but did you prefer the topic meeting to the previous social only meetings?

      1 · April 17, 2013

  • Mrrzy

    Hey no fair prediscussing?

    April 15, 2013

  • Jerry W.

    So many of the prior negative remarks are just so nutty, I'm not going to try to straighten them out. I will say that there is no way in hell someone can be both a skeptic and feng shui follower. That's like keeping diamonds and dog crap in the same desk drawer.

    April 15, 2013

  • Charlotte

    Out of town, but will try to make next business meeting.

    April 14, 2013

  • James M.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it, my work schedule had to be changed. I'll be sure to bring the Reason Rally DVD back some other time.

    April 14, 2013

  • Jill L.

    My husband & I are humanists who try to approach the nonsense with positivity & compassion. We are looking forward to meeting like-minded people who value science, reason & logic above mystical belief and emotion. Looks like you have a great group!

    April 9, 2013

  • Bruce F.

    Title for the discussion: "Thinking critically about critical thinking." I will make a few inflammatory remarks to start off the discussion, and then act as moderator. We'll see where it goes...

    April 3, 2013

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